£41 million Edinburgh Gateway station opens
12 December 2016 • Author: Katie Sadler, European Railway Review
On 09 December 2016, Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf officially opened the £41m Edinburgh Gateway providing a new train-tram interchange.
Located in the west of the city, the new station forms part of the Scottish Government-funded Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) and will provide greater travel options for passengers from Fife and the north giving easy access to the Edinburgh tram network and the city’s airport.
Mr Yousaf said: “I am delighted today to officially open the new Edinburgh Gateway station.
“This £41m investment will offer huge benefits to rail passengers travelling to or from the Gogar area, integrating the rail network with the tram network and providing a convenient link to Edinburgh Airport.
“The station being delivered on time and on budget is testimony to the hard work of all involved.”
Edinburgh Gateway provides two 265m, 10-car platforms
The new station consists of two 265m, 10-car platforms and provides 1500m2 of concourse and circulation space. A step-free access bridge links the platforms within the station and connects to the tram stop via lifts and escalators. An underpass beneath the A8 provides pedestrian and cyclist access from the nearby Gyle centre.
Gateway’s passengers will have direct trains to Perth, Dundee and Inverness, as well as to the city centre and Fife. When combined with the nearby South Gyle station, six trains per hour will serve north west Edinburgh instead of the current four.
“This new interchange is a wonderful example of our vision for Scotland’s railway”
Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, said: “Scotland’s railway is undergoing its biggest transformation since Victorian times as we work with the government to deliver the stations, tracks and trains needed to provide more seats and more services for our customers.
“Edinburgh Gateway will help to transform the way people use our network and access Edinburgh’s trams and airport.
“This new interchange is a wonderful example of our vision for Scotland’s railway, which is all about working in partnership with others to deliver choice for customers and help create social and economic opportunities for the communities we serve.”